Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, founder of the Japanese fashion chain Zozotown, who was contracted to fly around the moon in SpaceX in 2023, announced that he will visit the International Space Station as a private astronaut this December.
Space tourism company Space Adventures said its client, Yusaku Maezawa, has begun preparations for a mission to the International Space Station (ISS) after successfully passing the required medical examinations. Maezawa and his business assistant Yozo Hirano will travel to the ISS on the Russian spacecraft Soyuz MS-20 from the Baikonur cosmodrome on December 8, 2021.
The flight duration will be 12 days, the crew commander will be cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin. In June, Maezawa and his partner will begin a three-month preparation for space flight at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City.
“I am very interested in what life is like in space. Therefore, I plan to find out on my own and share it with the whole world on my YouTube channel, ” Maezawa said.
Space Adventures has been cooperating with Roscosmos since the world’s first space tourist flight in 2001. In total, the space station was visited by seven people who paid for the flight at their own expense. Yusaku Maezawa plans to become the eighth private space tourist.
In addition to being the first private visit to the ISS by an astronaut in more than 10 years, it will also be the first time that two private astronauts will simultaneously fly aboard the Soyuz spacecraft. Maezawa and Hirano will also be the first Japanese citizens to make space travel privately.
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